Comcast RISE – a multi-faceted program offering monetary, marketing, and technology grants – was created in 2020 to strengthen and empower small businesses hard hit by COVID-19. As a part of our expanded Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment, Comcast RISE, which stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment,” has successfully fulfilled its goal to support a total of 13,000 small businesses owned by women and people of color by the end of 2022.
Thousands of Comcast RISE recipents received marketing or technology grants such as a TV campaign, production of a TV commercial or consulting services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or computer equipment, Internet, voice or cybersecurity services from Comcast Business.
Comcast RISE Investment Fund
An extension of Comcast RISE, the Investment Fund awarded a total of $21 million dollars to 2,100 small businesses owners nationwide.
We recognize that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and look forward to taking our learnings from this program as we find new ways to further empower and strengthen even more small businesses and entrepreneurs at the heart of our local communities. Comcast will be continuing its efforts to positively impact small businesses in 2023. We have seen that many small businesses are shifting from pandemic recovery to long-term growth, so it is only natural for the program to evolve. The next evolution of the program will focus on helping businesses of all types accelerate growth. Its offerings will include complimentary marketing, technology, financial grants, business consulting, entrepreneurship training and other services.
Learn more about our $1 billion commitment to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities.